Crimewave (aka XYZ Murders)

So someone hooked me up with a copy of this movie:

Friday night found Jason sitting in his apartment watching Crimewave (or, as Sam Raimi and the Coen Brothers wanted to call it, XYZ Murders) and he enjoyed it. Think live-action cartoon. There were parts where it felt like Raimi was a little restrained (which I think was one of the issues with the studio that has led to Raimi and crew to practically disown the movie) but there were plenty of parts where you could just tell it was a Raimi/Coen film. If you can find a copy, watch it. Unfortunately, the only DVD release seems to be from China and probably not entirely legal. Ah well.

What to say about Matrix: Reloaded…

Well, I really didn’t expect too much plot wise entering the movie and I certainly wasn’t disappointed there. But most folks had said “Oh, you’ll dig the last 2/3 of the movie.”

So, I sat through the first third thinking, “Eh, it’ll get better.”

And I sat through the second third and thought, “Oh, well, this is a wee bit better.”

And I sat through the third third and was like, “That’s it?”

And I was not impressed. Okay, fight scenes were okay. At least, for the first five minutes. The last ten of each was just a bit much. And not even all fight scenes were badass. All had parts that were pretty sweet, but I don’t think I sat through any one fight scene and was wowed the whole time. Not even the freeway scene wowed me the whole time. Most of it, yeah, but there were some parts that just fell flat.

Was it good? I don’t know, really, but I’m leaning towards no. Certainly not as good as the first movie and most definately not as good as it’s been hyped to me.

Now, as I write this dinner is cooking and Jenn and I are going to partake of said meal while watching the first Matrix again. Maybe I’ll think differently afterwards. Maybe all of my thoughts will be confirmed. I’ll let you all know.